Monthly Archives: March 2014

In his world geography class, Joel Luera is learning how to analyze and research material. His teacher, Jonathan Martin, says Joel is inquisitive and likes talking about global politics and the world economy.

Class Of ’17: Going To School Is Not Debatable For Samuell High Student


Ninth-grader Joel Luera is a smart kid in a tough neighborhood. Sometimes other kids don’t get why he’s so studious. He loves to read – so much that he’s in a book club at W.W. Samuell High School in Dallas. Joel is the latest kid to join KERA’s series Class of ’17 – a five-year project following a group of North Texas students from 8th grade to graduation. It’s part of the national public media initiative American Graduate. Read More

Yolanda Bautista has lived in Grapevine for 13 years. She says she welcomes a language assessment center because she would like to talk to school officials about how her two sons -- Abraham, 10 and Daniel, 7 -- are doing in learning English.

New Language Center Will Assist Immigrant Families In Grapevine-Colleyville District


When families arrive from another country, school districts have to determine a student’s home language and explain to parents how the school system here works. We look at how one suburban school district is opening a center similar to those found in larger, urban districts.

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Public-Private Partnership Helps Turn Dallas Students Into Future Leaders


Keeping kids focused on school is a challenge for any educator. Getting them to reach higher is even more challenging. As part of our Class of 17 series, we take a look at how a local law firm created an unusual alliance between private and public schools.

The KERA Radio story

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Will Vandeventer's parents enrolled him in iUniversity Prep, one of six virtual schools in the state. Vandeventer, 12, says he likes working online but also enjoys the ocassional face-to-face meeting with his teachers and classmates.

Some North Texas Students Opt For A Virtual Classroom


A group of North Texas students did something unusual recently – they met face-to-face. They’re enrolled in the iUniversity Prep school, one of the few in the state where learning is done entirely online.

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